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Cell Biology Research

Fluorescence microscopy image shows the actin cytoskeleton (red) and the nucleus (grey) of a human cervical cancer cell by Elias Spiliotis, PhD

Cell biology encompasses a variety of questions within the broader areas of cell morphogenesis, intracellular organization and function, and cellular responses and communication. Research interests include the molecular mechanisms that control the positioning and functions of macromolecular assemblies (e.g. cytoskeleton, ribosomes, synapses), and the role of post-translational modifications in gene expression and intracellular transport. Biology faculty study cellular responses and adaptations to protein misfolding, nutrient depletion, viral pathogens, tissue injury and chemotherapeutic compounds. Additional research interests include cell adhesion and signaling in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell systems. Drexel University's Cell Imaging Center supports the department's cell biology research with state-of-the-art microscopy and cutting-edge imaging methods.

Faculty Conducting Research in Cell Biology

Contact Specialization
Michael Akins
Assistant Professor
PISB 319
mra69@drexel.edu
Experience-dependent plasticity in the mammalian nervous system; post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression in neurons
Dr. Joseph Bentz
Professor Emeritus
PISB 416
bentzj@drexel.edu
Biophysics of Cell Membrane Function - Membrane Transport by Multidrug Resistance Proteins, chanisms of Membrane Fusion, Peptide/Protein-Membrane Interactions
Dr. John Bethea
Department Head, Professor
PISB 123.04
jrb445@drexel.edu
Ryan Petrie, PhD
Assistant Professor
PISB 419
rjp336@drexel.edu
Cell motility, three-dimensional extracellular matrix, cell-matrix interactions, cytoskeleton dynamics, and intracellular pressure
Nianli Sang, M.B., Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Cell Imaging Center; Associate Professor
PISB 417
nianli.sang@drexel.edu
Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Bases of Major Human Diseases
Elias Spiliotis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director of the Biology Graduate Program; Director of the Cell Imaging Center
PISB 423
ets33@drexel.edu
Cell biology, cytoskeleton (microtubules, actin, septins), neuronal and epithelial morphogenesis, spatial regulation of intracellular transport, cell motility and cell division.